COVID-19 is a viral disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 of the coronavirus family. It is very contagious and highly transmissible via coughing and sneezing droplets, contaminated surfaces and aerosols. Although airborne transmission is debatable, the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in all countries recommend wearing face masks, in addition to physical distancing in order to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV2 coronavirus.
Cancer patients are known to be more susceptible and vulnerable to infections including viruses. Compared to the general population, the risk of mortality is 10 times higher, and the risk of hospitalization is 4 times higher in cancer patients. This is mainly in patients that have hematologic malignancy, or receiving numerous lines of chemotherapy, or patients that are presenting neutropenia and lymphopenia (Bitterman et al, Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2018).